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Author: Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

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Go behind-the-scenes at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and get a hands-on perspective from those working directly with wildlife and conservation.
16 Episodes
If you purchased a ticket to the Zoo Lights Drive-Thru, start this audio tour when you arrive!
Behind The "Seas"

Behind The "Seas"


Spend a day with our Aquarists at the PPG Aquarium!
Hear the latest on our new African lion pride, new cheetah family, and our Canadian lynx!
We join Dr. Ginger Sturgeon, our head veterinarian at the Zoo, and her amazing all-female team on a day of animal ultrasounds, lion cub rechecks, and a goat teeth cleaning!
Regis, an Animal Care Specialist at the Zoo, shares what it's like to work with our new cheetah family. This episode is sponsored by Dunkin'
Hellbenders: what are they? We discuss these slimy but cute amphibians with our aquarist, Shanna Gay, and we learn about Heather, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s very own hellbender.
If you purchased a ticket to the Zoofari Drive-Thru fundraiser, turn on this guided audio tour at the start of your adventure!
If they aren’t for cuddling, and they aren’t fish, then what are cuttlefish? Justine Curley intrigues us with all things cuttlefish, from how they can change colors in the blink of an eye, to how they hunt their food with their tentacles.
You're a Horti- What?

You're a Horti- What?


Emmett Bender explains to us what a Horticulturist is, what they do, and why it's important to have them in a zoo! While most people come to the zoo to see the animals, the green leafy things throughout the park are also important. They greatly affect the animals' lives and the experience of the visitor.
Have you ‘herd’ the news? The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has a new herd of alpacas! Robin Chambers, one of our keepers in Kids Kingdom, talks to us about the stylish hairdos, personalities, and candy inspired names of the alpacas.
The birth of our new clouded leopard cub is a significant milestone in the worldwide effort to save this vulnerable species. Karen Vacco, our Assistant Mammal Curator, discusses what what it's like to raise a cub, the challenges faced when breeding clouded leopards, and our hopes for this incredible species.
Talking to the Animals

Talking to the Animals


Keepers have close bonds with the animals they work with. Kesha Phares, one of our keepers in Kids Kingdom, gives us insight into the creative techniques she uses to build those relationships and enrich the lives of the animals she works with every day.
A Rescue Success

A Rescue Success


Marine Mammal Keeper, Megan Paluh, discusses Coolio and Ellie May, two rescued northern elephant seals. They are the only northern elephant seals currently on exhibit in North America. Learn about their rescue and how they found their home here at the Pittsburgh Zoo!
Zoey's Story

Zoey's Story


When our sea lion, Zoey, was diagnosed with cancer, we attempted a new and innovative cancer treatment - the first of its kind to be done on a sea lion. Our two guests, Henry Kacprzyk and Dr. Ginger Sturgeon, share Zoey's story with us. **Please note, this episode includes discussion on chronic illness and end-of-life care.
Raising Penguin

Raising Penguin


Aquarist, Jessica Reis, works with gentoo and macaroni penguins, a giant Pacific octopus, and more. Hear what it’s like to train penguins, raise chicks, and handle multiple “penguinalities.”
Life as a Zoo Vet

Life as a Zoo Vet


Head Veterinarian, Dr. Ginger Sturgeon, provides world-class care for frogs, elephants, and everything in between. Learn how animals are trained for exams, what it’s like to do surgery on a fish, and what happens when an anemone accidentally swallows a hamster ball.
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A GEM OF AN ANIMAL/NATURE PODCAST! I'm so GLAD I found this show buried amongst the endless list of mediocre efforts. This would be a perfect learning activity the whole family can share together. Give it a listen.

Mar 5th
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